Nov 26 15
Two new protected areas and important conservation target announced with protected areas strategy
The province of Manitoba today released its Protected Areas Strategy outlining priority regions within which protections from industrial development will be sought. Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society’s (CPAWS) Manitoba Chapter, who spoke at the Nov. 26 press event, was pleased to contribute to the development the strategy, which targets the protection of 17% of the landscape of Manitoba by 2020. This level of protection is on par with the national targets committed to by Canada through the United Nations Declaration on Biodiversity in 2010 .
Nov 24 15
New provincial commitment for Indigenous land use planning good news for communities, conservation
After announcing new support for Indigenous land use planning in their November 16 throne speech, Premier Selinger has today spoken at a press conference about the initiative. He was joined by Ron Thiessen, Executive Director of the Manitoba chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and Indigenous leaders from across the province who all spoke.
Nov 10 15
CPAWS supports independent review of fisheries on Manitoba lakes
In a recent assessment, CPAWS' organizational partner SeaChoice is highlighting broad issues with the commercial fishery in Manitoba. Lakes Winnipeg, Manitoba and Winnipegosis make up the lions share of the second largest freshwater fishery in North America. With significant amounts of fish for sale lacking sustainability rankings, the industry watchdog was driven to investigate the current status and long term sustainability of the catch in this province.